The Green Bay Packers reverted kicker Ramiz Ahmed to the practice squad on Monday, according to the NFL transaction log. Ahmad has been on Green Bay’s practice squad all season. However, he was elevated to the game day roster for the first time against the Cowboys on Sunday.
You may be asking yourself why the Packers decided to elevate Ahmed when they have Mason Crosby. Well, Crosby was limited in practice last week with a sore back. Ahmad handled the kickoffs against the Cowboys, while Crosby focused on field goals. Maybe that move paid off for the Packers because Crosby was able to nail the game winning field goal in overtime against Dallas.
Packers Kicker Ramiz Ahmed Holds USFL Record
Ramiz Ahmed has proven himself as a worthy kicker in recent years. After going undrafted in 2020, Ahmed signed with the Chicago Bears. However, he was waived by Chicago four months later. Fast-forward to 2022, Ahmed was drafted by the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL. In Week 8 of the Maulers season, he made a 61-yard field goal, making it the longest field goal in USFL history.
His strong leg caught the attention of the Packers, eventually signing Ahmed in August, two months after his record-breaking kick. Ahmed arguably has the strongest leg on the Packers roster. In more than 100 seasons of Green Bay Packers football, Mason Crosby currently holds the franchise record of longest field goal with a 58-yarder he made in 2011.
“If I’m on sticks, the farthest kick I’ve ever hit was 73,” Ramiz said. “I used to train that a lot more and chase the big balls but it’s not necessarily something that I do anymore. It’s not something that keeps you in the NFL. Maybe it gets you some looks but, once you’re in the door, you’ve got to make kicks. That’s what I’m focused on right now.”
Mason Crosby is currently 38 years old. Some kickers play into their 40s, however, it’s tough to say how much longer Crosby will play. Nevertheless, the Packers have a very reliable, powerful kicker to fill Crosby’s space when needed.
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